The latest Spartan Digest Minute looks at sad news surrounding two former Spartan football greats in Bubba Smith and Larry Fowler.

It was sad news for Michigan State football fans this week as they learned of the passing of a former Spartan great and new information on one of the All-Time greats to wear the Green and White.

Former Michigan State Spartans All-American tackle Larry Fowler, who helped lead the Spartans to the 1953 Big Ten Championship and a victory in the 1954 Rose Bowl, passed away on Friday, May 20th.  He was 83.

Discussion about concussions continue to dominate football talk as more is learned about the degenerative brain disease CTE.  Tuesday, in a report by the New York Times, it was learned the former Spartan great, NFL standout and actor Bubba Smith, whose brain was donated to the Boston University brain bank for research, became the 90th known former NFL player to be found to have CTE.  Smith passed away in 2011 at the age of 66 and one a scale of 1-4, was said to have Stage 3 CTE.

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